Road Map to the Stage-Part 2
Here is a recap on last week.
Step 1- Reach out to someone who has competed
Step 2 – Research the different federations.
Step 3 – Find a trainer or a team
Step 4 – Hire a posing coach
Step 5 – Find a competition suit
This week will be going over a few more subjects to help guide you when doing a fitness competition. Please check out last week’s blog for part 1 of “Road Map to the Stage.” Click here to read Part 1
Step 6 – Getting your grooming services lined out – By this time, you are working with a trainer/team. You will hopefully have a federation/show, date of competition and bikini lined out. If you have already started working with a posing coach, they are usually a great resource for getting feedback on makeup/hair and tanning services. These services are pretty mandatory if you want to look your best on show day. Different federations have different expectations and some have their own contracted companies to do the beauty and tanning services. More often than not, the federation will have a list of preferred vendors to book with. Do not put this off! The longer you wait, the harder it is to get preferred appointment times and there is always the possibility that they will book up and you will need to look elsewhere. The nice thing about the preferred vendors is that they usually know what the competition is looking for and they complete the service accordingly. There are vendors outside of the competition as well, just make sure that they are familiar with the stage makeup and competition tan. It’s not your everyday look! Tanning services range from $75 -$200 depending on the company and the amount of tans needed to achieve the desired results. Makeup and hair will generally range from $150-$250. Some people like to do their own hair and makeup for a show, this is always an option, but we do recommend that you hire someone. Show day can be really overwhelming and trying to do your own hair and makeup with tanner all over you can be challenging. It can be hard to match the tan as well and most competition makeup artists should have foundation to complement the tan.
Step 7- Doing a photo shoot before or after the show – Many competitors like to do a photo shoot right before their show or within a couple days completing the show. If this is something someone is interested in doing, this is another thing that should be booked in advance. It is a personal preference whether you shoot pre-show or post-show but whatever you decide to do, do not wait until the last minute. Another thing to think about here is, post-show you will have that dark competition tan that doesn’t always photograph nicely. You may want to book out a couple of weeks post-show in order to let the tan fade. Finding the right photographer is really important and you want to make sure they are reputable and you are able to see their work. Most established photographers have a website, Facebook and Instagram for you to view what they have done. Search hashtags with their name or company as well, this is great way to see what their clients are putting out there. Many times, the competition website will have a list of recommended photographers and also your trainer and posing coaches should be able to help you out. More than likely, they have shot with someone before. Fitness shoot photographers can range from $200-$800 for a 2-look photo shoot. Some charge by the hour and some charge by the look. The amount they charge will depend on who the photographer is, how long they have been shooting, if they are a published photographer and so on. We encourage you to do your homework and research them and ask questions.
Step 8- Show day – Show day has arrived! You have completed your training, followed your nutrition plan, have your bikini in hand and all your appointments are booked and you are ready to rumble. Your nerves are going crazy, you feel nervous and excited all at once and you cannot stop replaying your debut on the stage over and over again. You might be a little cranky and ready for that post-show meal but you are also ready to rock the stage! Try to relax, remember everyone around you is trying to help, try not to lash out or deal with anything emotional until the show is over. Your emotions may be like a ping pong ball and this is completely normal. Try to get some alone time to relax your mind and get ready for the day. You will soon be more tan than you have ever been, your makeup and hair will look like a dream and you will be putting that sparkly bikini on with your competition stilettos. Your body will look like a lean machine and will be ready to take on that spotlight. Embrace it and be proud of yourself, you have worked really hard to get to this place and you deserve to be there. Do not sweat the small stuff, everything will work out. Let your coaches know if you have any questions or concerns. Whether they are there in person or cheering you on from afar, they should be available for you.
Step 9 – Back stage tips – Back stage can be the best time and most nerve racking time all at once. The back stage experience is what you make of it. There will be lots of women back with you, try not to compare yourself to others or get offended if someone isn’t the most pleasant to you. You will meet really nice women and you will meet not so nice ones. It’s the way it is and with the competitive nature of the sport, you can’t expect everyone to be pleasurable. However, we recommend being nice and approachable and if you see another girl needing help, help her! We have helped many competitors back stage, from broken suits, to messed up tanning to bad makeup. You name it, we have been there to assist. Nothing is gained by having a bad attitude backstage. Take advantage of the time you have, snag a photo or two with your fellow competitors, make some connections and wish others well. At the end of this day, you will have a memory of the show and photos to show for it. It’s your responsibility to make those memories count and capture those moments. Some things are not in your control and all you can do is your very best. Whether you take home “hardware” (aka trophy) or not, you define what the journey means, not a piece of medal or ceramic. This is important because not everyone can win and keeping a positive outlook is a key to bouncing back from the show and using the experience to enhance your life, not take away from it.
“Road Map to the Stage” Part 2 has come to a close. We hope these tips help prepare you for your new adventure into the fitness competition world! Next week, we will talk about emotions post show, post show plan, the importance of making a new goal and using social media to share your experience and journey.